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The Trooper Guitar Tutorial

The Trooper Guitar Tutorial

The Trooper Guitar Tabs

Nate Richards here – let’s jump in to this The Trooper guitar tutorial with tabs linked below, as well as tabs on screen.

How to Play Since U Been Gone on Guitar


In this lesson, I show you how to play Since U Been Gone on guitar, a pop-rock hit by Kelly Clarkson. This is a classic pop-rock song, with a surprisingly heavy guitar riff. Some of the chords in the riff are reminiscent of the legendary intro in the Master of Puppets opening track, “Battery.” Yes, that’s right. I just compared a Kelly Clarkson song to an old-school Metallica song.

Here are a few tips to help you learn this song:

  1. Practice counting eighth notes – “One and Two and Three and Four and” – in the verse riff (section B of the tabs). When there are a lot of repeated notes, it is even more important that you count, as you’re going to want to know when the chords change. For example, the verse riff in Since U Been Gone has 12 G chords, then 3 Am, then 12 E5 etc. Rather than counting these high numbers, it is best to know on which count does the chord change. So, the first chord changes on beat 3, then the next on “4 and.” So, all you need to do is count eighth notes and change chords on the correct count. This is a much easier and effective approach than a kind of random counting of sheer number of chords.
  2. Use rest strokes with the pick to avoid hitting too many strings. A rest stroke is when the pick cuts and lands into an adjacent string. For example, pick the low E string and land the pick on the A string, and it “rests” on the A string, which stops the pick in place. Your articulation and tone will be much better this way, and the overall sound will be cleaner.
  3. Try the stretched fingerings, and only do the optional ones if you become too sore.  Go for the challenge – the advanced version with the stretched-out chords in the chorus. You got this! Lower that thumb on the neck, reach back with that index finger and open up the hand. Go for it!

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How to Play Renegades on Guitar by X Ambassadors


In this guitar lesson, you’ll learn how to play Renegades on guitar by X Ambassadors using fingerpicking, easy guitar chords, and a more advanced version using bar chords. I’ve also included the strumming parts of the song in the guitar tabs linked above.

This song uses fingerpicking – you’ll use the thumb, index, and middle fingers of the pick-hand to pluck the strings. Learn the first measure of the song using the video and the tabs, then stop the video at that point and practice the fingerpicking pattern on one chord for a while until you get used to it.

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How to Play Tush by ZZ Top on Guitar


Nate shows you how to play Tush by ZZ Top on guitar in this guitar tutorial with tabs!

Every time I hear a ZZ Top riff (especially Tush), I always think, “Only a man could have written this riff.” I’m not trying to be sexist here, but there is some sort of engrained simple masculinity about ZZ Top’s guitar riffs. I think it is refreshing to hear straight-up man-writing. Something that is on the opposite end of the spectrum from, say…Nickelback.

Here are some tips for learning Tush on guitar:

  1. You MUST work with the tabs – the riff is based on 12-bar blues so it is a LONG riff. Just going through the tutorial without the tabs is possible, but will be more of a headache than you really need. Open the tabs in a new window, print them out, or use some other means to read along as you practice. This will make the learning process much, much easier.
  2. Lower the thumb to reach stretched-out chords. There are a few chords in this song that span FIVE frets – yep, that’s right. So, you must keep the thumb low on the back of the neck in order to reach. If you’re having trouble, put the pinkie down first, and reach back for the first finger, extending it towards the headstock. If you plant a lot of weight on the first finger and try stretching with the pinkie, it won’t get your very far. Think of the first finger reaching back as the main sensation of the stretch.
  3. Practice standing up. As per my recent lesson on How to Play Guitar Standing Up, try playing this song standing up rather than sitting. It’ll be a good opportunity to get a feel for it, while at the same time getting your body moving and energy going, since standing gets your blood flowing and you can put more enthusiasm into the performance.

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How to Play Guitar Standing Up

Do you always play guitar sitting down? Nate shows you how to play guitar standing up, and offers some tips and advice on how to get used to it.

It is important to become comfortable with how to play guitar standing up – you can’t sit forever. At some point, you’ll want to play in a band, with some friends, or at a recital/concert of some kind. It is also lots of fun!

Here is a video for beginners who are having trouble figuring out how to adjust the length of their guitar strap:

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